So unfortunately, I have been neglectful and forgetful this past week. With so much going on, I’ve barely even done the things I should be doing, let alone the things I want to do, like writing blog posts!
Work, Uni, Work, Work, Uni… it’s a lot. And while I love doing it all, and I do quite like being busy, I miss the simpler days. The days of barely three days a week of classes, and then a couple of annoying shifts at work to earn some cashdollarz, plus more free time than I could poke a stick at, and the ability to go out any day of the week.
I could indulge shameful passions and get stuck into those things that I love doing but that have no benefit beyond enjoyment, and sometimes a little food for thought. Things like reading ten magazines in a day, sitting down to a good book, watching an entire TV series in one night, shopping, trawling through blogs, writing about everything and anything, playing piano and photography.
One day, I’ll suddenly realise that I haven’t done something I claim to love doing in such a long time. And that makes me a little sad.
Even my intense need to think about everything I wear seems to have sunk into a comfortable, yet resentful trough. It doesn’t mean I don’t love it, and that a great outfit doesn’t make me feel excellent. It feels like perhaps I’m stretching myself to reach every interest and ability, and others are slacking off.
If I don’t even have time to be excited about a good pair of printed trousers, what is the world coming to?
Luckily, in a moment of inspiration and rediscovery, I pulled out my red cheshire cat-like scarf and decided it would go excellently with my new dark blue velvet blazer. And voila, a small amount of sparkle and bother was injected back into my day.
Dress – from Urban Outfitters (Europe), Blazer – Sportsgirl, Fur scarf – Evil Twin, Socks – ASOS, Boots – Wittner
Oh. What a surprise. I went shopping.
But they were on lay-by – I promise! So that’s slightly more fiscally responsible, right?
Anyway, I now own three very lovely things, which I have been wearing non-stop for the past couple of weeks.
Number one – the white shirt.
Everyone needs a really good version of one these. Or seven. This one is long at the back, and reminiscent of a tuxedo; with pleats at the front, and longer tails at the back. It also features a shiny gold zip, making you indie with ease (no top button to fiddle with!). Also loving the white and gold plated buttons at the wrist.
Number two – the velvet blazer
The day velvet was ‘in’ again was an excellent day for me. I love velvet. It reminds me of my childhood; of classical musicians in the 90s who wore those straight-line black velvet dresses or cropped velvet blazers at concerts; and of medieval princess gowns.
This blazer isn’t quite blue, nor is it teal or indigo. That’s why it looks like a different colour every time – you can’t quite capture the hue. Every day, every hour of the day, it’s different. I love it. Downside: the pockets are getting holes. Well, that’s Sportsgirl for you…
Number three – the heeled black suede ankle boot
Another item that will always be worth it. After weeks of resisting this purchase (and buying a cheap pair that didn’t quite make the cut) I caved. And my oh my, was it worth it.
Spending that extra $100 is so worth it when it comes to Wittner: the shoes are made well, and they laaast. And it’s not just that they’re real leather: they’re structurally sound, comfortable and the sole is made of tougher stuff.
I’ve worn these guys for two and a half weeks straight, so they’ve more than proved their worth.
By Lauren Elise Crafted
My dream wedding dress, via Pinterest
Sportsgirl, via Pinterest
Tree camping in Germany, via Pinterest
Via PinterestVia Jazzabelle’s diary
These trousers… do much more than you think. Watercolour snake print you say? How on earth could that be practical, useful, nice, versatile or all of the above?!
Well, as always, when you say “urgh!” I say “fantastic!”
These trousers were a thrifty (somewhat) Zara purchase after Mum and I went to see Onegin by the Australian Ballet. For quality, excellence and fit, they really were a steal.
I’ve never understood how Zara price things – a chiffon dress might set you back $150 while another only costs $60. I’ve also never understood their sizing, whether people really want that many varieties of puffer coats and what constitutes a Zara ‘basic’.
Well, these trousers are ‘basic’ so that’s that. They must be useful! They must be practical! Matter settled.
And if you need proof, below are the many ways in which you might find yourself styling a pair of watercolour snake print trousers. Just in case you ever need a point of reference…
Trousers – Zara, Nude heels – Siren, Lace-up beige boots – Next (London), Pewter Mary Jane heels – Pierre Fontaine (I’ve had these since I was 16!), Clogs – Funkis, Brothel creepers – Wittner, White shirt – (TOP) Dotti, (BOTTOM) Sportsgirl, Pink jumper – Sportsgirl, Grey/Black Ombre jumper – Glassons, Pendant necklace- Diva.
Just like this elephant’s unexpected rainbow ears, this outfit seems to be an unexpected combination. I’m still not sure what I think about it. The point, mostly, is to show you my excellent new neon pink backpack! I go it for a steal on ASOS, and it’s designed by Baggu, a hipster bag-maker of choice.
I also rediscovered this lovely grey hoodie I got from Sportsgirl last year. It looks a bit like a cape from behind, because the back is cream chiffon. It’s surprising, again. It’s part jogger, part super-hero, part medieval princess, and part awesome. Sah good.
Last week I also purchased a pretty jewelled collar necklace from Sportsgirl. I’ve been wearing it every second day, which I call accessory success, or a succ-sessory. Bah.
It’s colllld. Mighty collllld. And I’ve been feeling it down to my bones. The bones on my dress that is.
I was excited about this dress when I first saw it, mistaking the print for some interesting graphic pattern. Then I realised that it was actually skeletons, and wasn’t sure. Then I tried it on, and it was perfect. I came to love the bones.
I’ve worn it to work, out, in an attempt to impress, with red lipstick and red shoes, or boots and jumpers. It’s a strange combination of flattering 50s silhouette which makes me feel Mad Men-tastic, and skeletons, which makes me feel a bit Addams Family, or Tim Burton. A strangely ideal combination.
With my newly-cut fringe, exciting new bubble umbrella plus cobalt blue coat I was quite pleased. Skele-tastic!
Dress- Black Friday 1869, Coat – Sportsgirl, Umbrella – Shelta from Strandbags, Awkward pose – model’s own.
I just love these trousers. They’re one of those excellent chain store buys (like so much of my wardrobe, but no shame in that), from Glassons.
I wore them with my Neon Hart metal-tipped collar shirt… which is sadly fraying a little at the seams. Shall have to see if Mother Duke can help with repairs!
I added my overly furry Quirky Circus jumper, Portmans leather jacket and Sportsgirl tassel earrings and boots. Ideal cold weather outfit with just a touch of bright.
I’m one of those people who is always shopping.
Online shopping, or window shopping. For the former, I am always updating my digital wishlists and ‘saved for later’ collections as if they were meticulously curated exhibits. The latter simply involves a mental wishlist, which then inevitably turns into the digital kind either on the corresponding shop’s website, Pinterest, or both.
No money? Not a factor. The thing is, just as I need to constantly be eating (snacking habit, bad) but not because I’m hungry, I constantly need to shop. Not to buy anything perse (although that is required from time to time), but more to complete the act of shopping.
There are things my heart yearns for – both obtainable and unobtainable. To make the main more bearable, I must, from time to time, compile these in a delightful graphic format and post them on my blog. These are either wants – thing I want and could actually own, and wishes – things I long for but will never own, unless I’m spitefully rich, or marry a billionaire. It could happen, you know. I hold onto the hope…
ASOS watches; Topshop swan print collared dress; ASOS sunglasses; Topshop London charm necklace; Wittner ‘Cookies’ boots; ASOS mint suede boots; Eastpak glasses print backpack on The Iconic; Sportsgirl shirt; Diva bunting necklace; Chevron print clutch from Etsy; Gorman umbrella. Background image via Pinterest.
Karen Walker dress on ASOS; Cambridge Satchel Company satchel in neon pink; Kate Spade All in a Day’s Work bangle; Charlotte Olympia kitty flats; Secret Squirrel dusk skirt; Miu Miu dress, cameo cuff and handbag; Gorman outfits from AW12 collection. Background via Pinterest.
Gorman dress, Sportsgirl coat and necklace. Rose from Valentine at work
Yesterday I battled the overcast weather with some colour. It was an accidental discovery; that lime/chartreuse green and bright blue would go together. Blue and green often do, but I felt that small glow of satisfaction at how wonderful the combination was. And I received lots of lovely compliments! *Blushes*
Yesterday I also discovered these incredible Kate Spade bangles on Shiny Thoughts, and I MUST have one. I particularly enjoy the one featuring an outdoor scene, and the lovely blue and gold one below. *Melts*